SAP Announces EOH as First SAP S/4HANA Cloud Adopter in Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – SAP has announced that EOH has become the first African adopter of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, the next-generation cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite. With a new architecture of in-memory technology combined with contextual analytics, digital transformation capabilities, machine learning and the award-winning SAP Fiori user experience, SAP S/4HANA Cloud enables customers to instantly innovate and adopt business processes and models, acting on real-time insight.

EOH, an SAP Gold Partner and the largest implementer of enterprise application solutions on the African continent will drive adoption of the new solution among the EOH customer base, enabling them to capitalise on a growing global trend of public cloud services adoption. According to the IDC, worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow at a 19.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from nearly $70B in 2015 to more than $141B in 2019, while the software-as-a-service (SaaS) business applications market will grow from $47.4B in 2015to $103.9B in 2020.

Brett Parker, Managing Director at SAP Africa, said: “SAP has been the world leader in ERP for decades, helping the world’s largest and most successful companies run simpler. The introduction of SAP S/4HANA Cloud in the African market enables African businesses to leverage the latest in SAP technology to usher in a new era of intelligent ERP in the cloud.”

The value of strategic partnerships

EOH facilitates the transition of organisations from their existing lT landscape to the cloud, enabling business leaders to define and pursue new revenue models. The alignment of technology with business strategy, provides unprecedented business agility, allowing organisations to easily adapt to changing market conditions. This seamless integration of all areas of business is enabled by the SAP Cloud Platform, which EOH also extends to include SAP Concur, SAP Hybris, SAP Customer Experience Suite (CEC Suite), SAP SuccessFactors, and SAP Business ByDesign (BYD).

“As the largest SAP partner on the African continent, EOH has been successful in taking the traditional on premise model, innovating new capabilities, and building extensions to the core. This creates solutions and capabilities that are initially customer centric, which are evolved into industry-first offerings, addressing the digital transformation opportunities in both private and public sector, ” said Ebrahim Laher, CEO of EOH International and EOH SAP. “Using the scale and experience we have, EOH is a leader in bringing the SAP digital transformation solutions to customers through a combination of SAP’s cloud solutions, and industry software product enhancements.”

The power of market-leading ERP, in the cloud

The latest release of SAP S/4HANA Cloud enables companies to carry out their digital transformation faster and to make business processes more efficient through increased transparency, automation, and quality. SAP S/4HANA Cloud consists of five editions, namely:

  • S/4HANA Finance Cloud, which leverages in-memory capabilities to provide finance professionals with core finance, order-to-cash and procure-to-pay functionality as well as integration with SAP SuccessFactors solutions.
  • S/4HANA Professional Services Cloud, which builds on the finance edition by introducing project accounting, project management and workforce management capabilities, as well as advanced SuccessFactors, SAP JAM and ARIBA integration.
  • S/4HANA Marketing Cloud, a fully integrated marketing suite that allows companies to capture and analyse customer interactions from different channels and social media trends, while offering omni-channel capabilities that are fully integrated with end-to-end order to cash, core financial and procurement processes.
  • S/4HANA Enterprise Management Cloud, the complete cloud offering from SAP that enables companies to run mission-critical enterprise processes, experience a digital core and enjoy the benefits of the world’s leading cloud solution provider.
  • S/4HANA Manufacturing Cloud, due for release in June 2017.

“Our latest suite of cloud innovations bring reduced cost of implementation and lower total cost of ownership to our customers, due to a per-user billing model that allows for flexibility in the demand for services. In addition, thanks to the cloud-based delivery model and our preconfigured systems built on proven best practice, enterprises can experience a much quicker time to value,” said Parker. “In fact, the cloud environment is available within 48 hours of subscription, meaning companies can start leveraging the power of the cloud in their core business processes almost instantly. As African enterprises continue to mature in their use of technology, we aim to support them with powerful cloud-based solutions that run simpler and allow for agile innovation.”


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 About SAP

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 345,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

 About EOH

EOH provides the technology, knowledge, skills and organisational ability critical to the development and growth of the societies we serve. We strive to be an ethical, relevant force for good and to play a positive role in our society, beyond normal business. EOH represents deep industry skills and has the critical global presence that gives it the unique ability to meet the needs of developing countries.  The EOH unique value propositions provided to customers include numerous adjacent technologies & solutions in strategic Industry and offerings domains.

With a clear growth strategy of international expansion and global thought leadership through industry innovation, the services EOH offers supporting SAP solutions focus on ecosystems of collaboration for problem solving. They employ EOH’s “SMART concept” to bridge the gap between strategy and execution implementation, with technology as the enabler. Focus areas address infrastructure spend, the Internet of Things, cloud “everything as a service”, and mobile solutions supporting EOH’s vision of providing solutions for a developing world.


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